While the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying the warm weather and long days of summer, it’s winter down under. Though it doesn’t get too bitterly cold in Australia, it’s too cold for many delicates creatures.
Case in point: baby flying foxes who fell from their tree, and who also appeared to havelost their mother.
Without intervention, they likely would not have survived in the cold with no one to take care of them. Usually it’s best to leave wild animals alone, but sometimes, they need our help.
Luckily,some humans have sharp eyes and big hearts.
Like the people who manage to spot a stranded baby seal among the rockson the shore of Guernsey Island, someone, a bat specialist no less, found the clutch of freezing, hungry bats and immediately brought them in to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
In total, there were 28 baby bats rescued that day. They were identified as red flying foxes, which was unusual, since these bats normally have their babies in the warmer climates of northers Australia.
Had they not been rescued, they would likely have not survived, especially on the ground.
Read on to see how you warm up a baby bat. It’s adorable!
[H/T: The Dodo]
After falling from their tree on June 30, 28 baby red flying foxes were brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to recover. They were suffering from hypothermia.
They were swaddled in special blankets to warm up, and placed in a big cuddly pile. Red flying foxes like to huddle together in nature, so this is cozy for them!
Red flying foxes typically have their babies in the warmer, northern parts of Australia, so finding these babies in the more southerly Gold Coast region was unusual, the Zoo noted.
And a lot like human babies, the batsliked to soothe their anxieties with a pacifier.
In fact, they all got their own rubber pacifier, so they could happily chew and suck away while wrapped up.
The bats were also given electrolyte fluids to replenish their nutrients.
Because of the sheer number of them and because of their precarious condition, the whole Zoo Hospital staff jumped in to help get them stabilized.
After their treatment at the hospital, the bats were sent home with the bat specialist who first found them. She’ll care for them until they’re ready to be returned to the wild.
It’s believed that the bats fell from their roosting tree after their mother left to find food due to their inability to deal with the cold.
They were very lucky that the specialist was in the area!
And if you’re having a bad day, just look at these tiny bats wrapped up like little burritos and smile.
You can read about the other rescue and rehabilitation work the veterinarians at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital do on their website, and keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram.
Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/rescued-baby-flying-foxes/